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How do delivery truck accidents work under Texas law?

In this article we’ll look at what happens when a delivery truck is involved in a wreck. The strategy for how these kinds of accidents are handled differs from other types of vehicles and insurance adjusters know it.


Questions Answered on This Page:

  • How are delivery truck accidents different from regular car accidents?
  • What vehicles are classified as delivery trucks?
  • Who pays when a delivery truck is involved in a wreck?

How Delivery Truck Accidents are Different

One of the first questions to consider when a delivery truck is involved in an accident is, who do you sue? Let’s say someone ordered a new washer-dryer from Sears. Sears hires driver’s from Mr. Trucking to transport the washer-dryer from the Sear’s warehouse to their doorstep. Do you sue Sears or Mr. Trucking?

That depends on a few things. It comes down to an issue of control. If Sear’s controls Mr. Trucking, then Sear’s is responsible. If Mr. Trucking delivers items in trucks emblazoned with Sear’s logo, or they are doing business as Sears, then Sear’s is liable. If Mr. Trucking is essentially a contractor hired occasionally by Sears, that could be a different situation. As you can see, there are several angles to be taken into consideration when a delivery truck in involved in an accident.

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What constitutes a delivery truck?

A delivery truck would include anything from a van to an 18-wheeler that transports items. These include products like: furniture, appliances, uniforms, beer, Hostess snack cakes, etc. This also includes delivery services like: FedEx, UPS, or Aramark (food service).

Things to keep in mind

Delivery trucks are used and abused. It’s possible that they could have maintenance issues as a result of over-usage. And if these contributed to the accident in any way, that will impact how the case need to be handled.

Additionally, think of like this, 18-wheelers typically come with a professional driver and additional persons specifically to unload the contents. A delivery truck normally just has the driver and that person functions in both capacities. That’s puts a different kind of pressure on the driver.

Truck driver that drive 18-wheelers for a living, went to school to learn how to drive that type of vehicle, and has a special class of license that allows them to do so. However, drivers of trucks or vans used for deliveries tend to be on the lower spectrum of professional drivers.

Give Grossman Law Offices a call today

At Grossman Law Offices, we will do everything in our power to help our clients. We have over 25 years of experience handling truck accident cases, and we’re confident we can answer whatever questions you may have.

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